Antique Chinese Jade Dragon Turtle Amulet features an auspicious design. Made of natural jade stone has its own unique and beautiful characteristics. Exquisitely handcarved with a beautiful lustre this item is a masterpiece.
A dragon turtle is a legendary Chinese creature that combines two of the four celestial animals of Chinese mythology: the body of a turtle with a dragon's head is promoted as a positive ornament in Feng Shui, symbolizing courage, determination, fertility, longevity, power, success, and support.
Wonderful as a gift or an excellent addition to your Chinoiserie Collection. Can be used as a decor accent piece or jewelry, strung and worn as a pendant. 18th Century, comes in protective blue velvet jewelry pouch.
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HISTORY & FACTS: Chinese Amulets are often given as gifts, symbols of good wishes.
During the Warring States period, Qin and Han Dynasties, Yuhuang (narrow arc) and Yubi (flat round jade with holes in the center) were connected with silk threads to form a group of miscellaneous pendants, which were used to highlight the magnificence and majesty of the wearer.
After the Wei and Jin Dynasties: men often wear simple jade pendants, while women wear miscellaneous pendants for a long time, usually tied on their belts.
Qing Dynasty: jade pendant can also be used as a necklace.
Chinese love of jade by comparing its qualities to the virtues of a gentleman, “esteemed by all under the Sun.” Xu Shen, an ancient Han scholar, listed the five virtues of jade as “charity, rectitude, wisdom, courage, and equity.”